Effects of previous cropping and establishment method on mineral concentration of whole-plant spring wheat

Type Conference Proceeding (Non-Journal item)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEGF at 50: The Future of European Grasslands
Subtitle of host publicationGrassland Science in Europe
EditorsAlan Hopkins
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Event25th EGF Conference - Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 08 Sept 201410 Sept 2014


Conference25th EGF Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period08 Sept 201410 Sept 2014
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An experiment tested the null hypothesis that previous cropping and establishment methods would alter the mineral concentration of whole-plant spring wheat (WPSW) (Triticum aestivum). Four replicate plots (12 x 7.5m) of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), chicory (Ch) (Cichorium intybus), red clover (RC) (Trifolium pratense) and white clover (WC) (Trifolium repens) forages were established as pure swards in June 2009 in a randomised block design. Forages were harvested 5 times per annum during 2010-2012 and forage removed. Forages were sprayed using a non-selective herbicide before each plot was split and spring wheat was sown in April 2013 either after ploughing or by direct drilling. Whole-plant spring wheat was sampled on 18th June for chemical analysis. Results showed previous cropping affected WPSW P, Mn and Cu concentrations. Lower N, P, K, S and Cu concentrations were found in WPSW after ploughing when compared with direct drilling. Within direct drilled plots, WPSW following RC had higher Ca concentrations compared to other previous forage treatments. Within ploughed plots, WPSW following RC had a lower Mg concentration than Ch and WC. Overall, findings showed previous crop and establishment method alter mineral composition of WPSW but results varied for each mineral.


  • Spring wheat, Chicory, MINERALS, Trace elements, Direct drill